Keith Richards told iHeartRadio Tuesday night that the Rolling Stones had a recent group meeting in London and made "definite plans" to record a new album. The guitarist elaborated on those plans in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "[A new album] looks closer," he said. "Don't know where, don't know when yet …We had a little chat. We were just saying, 'We gotta get in the studio right? Right?' 'That’s agreed. Okay, boys, that’s agreed.' Where, when – [we] scratch our heads."
A spokesperson for the group was not immediately available for comment.
When exactly the band will record remains an open question. "I would say off the top of my head after the South American tour in February," Richard tells Rolling Stone. "But you never know. We might try to get into the studio before Christmas. I think that’s sort of doubtful, with Christmas being Christmas, all that buildup. But at the same time, it’s definitely in the works."
The Rolling Stones haven't released an album of new material since 2005's A Bigger Bang. Earlier this year, frontman Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone he was unsure about a new Stones album. "It would be very nice and I've got a lot of new songs and songs I've written over the last couple of years," he said. "I've done really good demos for all of them, which I would love to record. So, let's hope so."
The Stones reconvened in 2012 for a 50th anniversary tour after taking a five-year break from the road. They recorded the new tracks "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot" for the GRRR! compilation, but the vast majority of their time has been devoted to road work. The group wrapped up its 15-show Zip Code tour in Quebec City in July.
Right now, Richards is focused on promoting his upcoming solo album Crosseyed Heart, which is set for release on Friday. He has talked about supporting it with his first solo tour since 1993, but has yet to reveal any concrete touring plans.